UCLA In the News February 22, 2018

UCLA In the News lists selected mentions of UCLA in the world’s news media. See more UCLA In the News.

Salt marshes are at risk of vanishing | Los Angeles Times

“We’re essentially drowning the marshes,” said Glen MacDonald, a UCLA professor of geography and one of the authors of the study. “If we stay on the same carbon pathway that we are on now, and we take a look at conservative estimates of sea level rise, we would see California vegetated salt marshes we know today, Oregon vegetated salt marshes we know today, 100% gone by the first decade of the 22nd century.” (Also: KPCC-FM)

Has black cinema reached a watershed moment? | ABC News

“Black cinema is really coming of age. We have had burps in the past — the Blaxploitation era in the ’70s and a renaissance in the ’90s — but this feels bigger and more lasting to me,” Tananarive Due, University of California Los Angeles lecturer, and author, told ABC News. The difference, Due said, comes from more black people working within the entertainment system, including having “a brother in the room at Marvel” and a black woman at the helm of the ABC Entertainment Group, Channing Dungey.

‘Black Panther’ shows black audiences’ box office superpower | Bloomberg

“What’s unique about “Black Panther” is that it is a tentpole film,” said Darnell Hunt, a professor and dean of social sciences in the sociology department at the University of California, Los Angeles. “It’s your classic superhero, big-budget, big box-office film. Until this point, you would never see a film like that with a black lead and a majority black cast.”

Questions swirl as first lady’s parents get green cards | New York Times

“It would be odd if she sponsored her parents and didn’t want to talk about that because it’s a fairly routine thing,” said Hiroshi Motomura, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who specializes in immigration law. “It only becomes sensitive if her husband is taking a position against this.”

Cigars and pipes tied to same risks as cigarettes | Reuters

Even so, the results suggest that doctors may need to broaden how they discuss smoking with patients to make sure people understand they’re at risk even when they don’t have a daily habit, said Dr. Michael Ong of the University of California Los Angeles and VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. “Patients often do not associate occasional use of cigar or pipes with health risks, but this study shows that current, particularly daily, cigar use is associated with increased overall risk of death,” Ong, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

Buses are California’s best option | Los Angeles Times Opinion

A recent study by UCLA’s Institute of Transportation Studies revealed that between 2000 and 2015, car ownership in Southern California grew from 1.7 autos per household to 2.4 — even as urban planners force-fed us alternatives. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s felt like a goose getting gavaged.

Black male students’ suspension rates highest in California | KCRW-FM

While student suspensions have been falling in California schools in recent years, black boys still get kicked out of class at much higher rates than other kids. That’s according to a new study from UCLA and San Diego State.

Color-coded tags used to discover how heart cells develop | Medical Xpress

“Our ultimate goal is to be able to regenerate cardiomyocytes after an injury like a heart attack,” said Dr. Reza Ardehali, an associate professor of medicine in UCLA’s division of cardiology and a member of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA. “But we’re first trying to learn from the embryonic heart.”

Time to get serious about universal flu vaccine | U.S. News and World Report

[Commentary by UCLA’s Jonathan Fielding] The Centers for Disease Control has announced that there are signs the flu epidemic may be peaking. But a sharp increase in the number of children’s flu deaths — and thousands of deaths due to flu each week — should remind us of the urgent need to press forward with all speed and the robust funding needed to find more effective preventive measures for the flu. We have gone without a universal flu vaccine, one effective against all of the many forms of flu viruses, for too long. Right now, there is progress being made in the effort to create it, and this may be the year — and the flu strain — that finally moves government to accelerate progress with the necessary funding.

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